ENTERTAINER AWARD RAISES THE BAR FOR CHESNEY
With his 2nd consecutive ACM award in his pocket Kenny says the award actually makes him more responsible to improve his act. “That’s the thing about this award,” he acknowledges, “It sets a standard; it makes you want to live up to the honor – to really keep setting the bar high… Our fans give so much when they come to the shows, you wanna give more than you get – though with our people, it’s almost hard to imagine. In a lot of ways, I think they’re the Entertainer of the Year as much or more than an artist is.”
KEITH URBAN HAS FIRST SINGLE COMING IN AUGUST FROM NEW ALBUM
Keith Urban says that he’s putting the finishing touches on his new album.“We’re in the studio now about half way through the new record which I hope will be out in the fall with a new single Augustish,” he projects. Keith didn’t discuss his engagement to Nicole Kidman directly, only to say that there’s no real pressure on them now that the engagement has been confirmed. “I don’t feel any of that really. I’ve always been a real private person so my life hasn’t realliy changed all that much. It seems the whirlwind is everywhere else but in my life. And I don’t read tabloids and I don’t read the papers and it doesn’t change my life in any way.”
FRUITS OF SUCCESS FOR JENNIFER NETTLES A NEW HOME
Jennifer Nettles has finally used some of her new-gained fortune as part of Sugarland to buy her first home. “I just bought a house, my first house ever. People think being in the record business is like being millionaires, but it takes a long time, so I just bought my first house and I’ll probably be there (soon) unpacking boxes.” Jennifer’s new home is located just North of Atlanta. ALSO, Jennifer says they’re busy recording a new album. “We’ve been working on it now for a number of months and I love what we’re doing, it is full it is rich and meaty and fun all at the same time so I can’t wait for people to hear it. They’re planning on the album to come out the last quarter of this year.”
SARA EVANS’ “COALMINE” TO BENEFIT COAL MINERS
Sara Evans says that she made sure miners, particularly the families of recent mine tragedies, were okay with the release of her song, “Coal Mine.” Plus she’s made sure her single aids mine disaster victims. “Some of the proceeds from record sales and some of the royalties from the songwriters are going to the relief fund for the families of the victims. ‘Coalmine was a song I recorded 2 years ago and always wanted it to be my first single after ‘Cheatin’ then the tragedies happened and it was I don’t know if we should release it or not. So, Brad (Paisley) did a show near West Virginia so we invited some of the families to come and have dinner with us and just get to know them. And, Brad asked them, “Sara has a song on her album called ‘Coal Mine,’ what would you all think if that were a single?’ And they all thought it was great, they thought it made coalminers seem tough and strong and hard-working and it’s just a sexy song abut how the woman is in love with him. So we performed the song that night and the crowd went crazy. So we figured if they approved then this thing is good.”
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